14 - God's promise


15 minute Story planner

Genesis 15
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 25

Use the Old Testament flashcards to remind the children of the events leading up to today’s story. Show the children the picture of Abraham as you remind them that after people did one bad thing then another God found one person who would listen to Him; his name was Abram. Abram lived in a city called Ur. One day God spoke to Abram: ‘Leave Ur and go to the land I will show you’. Abram, his wife Sarah and Abram’s nephew Lot set off towards the land of Canaan. After a while Abram and Lot went their separate ways. Lot headed towards the green lush valley of the river Jordan while Abram headed towards the rocky hills in the west. During Abram’s time of travelling God changed his name to Abraham.

1. Setting the scene - 2 mins 
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one and two

2. Starter question - 1 min  
How many stars do you think there are in the universe? The answer is ‘billions and billions and billions’. Did you know that the number of stars we can see depends on how much light there is around us? If we are in a city with lots of street lights it’s much harder to see the stars. But in a dark place, perhaps in the countryside, we can see thousands and thousands of stars.  

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • East and West signs (see Printables)
  • Star shapes (see Printables)
  • Images of star constellations from a library book or the internet (beware of copyright regulations)
  • ‘I promise…’ speech bubble (see Printables) 

Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web

4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Decorating stars
You will need: sticky tac, star shapes (see Printables), stickers, colouring pens and/or felt-tips, gold and silver pens for older children.       

1. Before the session print and cut out the star shapes.
2. Before you tell the story encourage the children to each decorate one or two stars. If they are using the gold and silver pens show them how they can draw geometric or ornate designs on their stars rather than block colouring.
3. Stick the stars to a wall in your teaching space using the sticky tac.
4. Point to the stars as you reach the relevant part in the story.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, thank you for your great promise to Abraham that he would one day have a big family and a land of his own.

We remember that, although it appeared impossible, Abraham kept on trusting you; he kept believing that what you said was true.   

Father God, thank you for all your promises to us. Help us to keep on trusting in you. Help us to keep believing that what you say is true.
Thank you that today, because of your promise to Abraham, we too can be a part of your great family. Amen. 

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